Dramatic Finishes, First-time World Champions Mark Opening Races at 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

 New Zealand powerhouse Annabel Anderson after winning the Women’s SUP Distance Race in Copenhagen. 

New Zealand powerhouse Annabel Anderson after winning the Women’s SUP Distance Race in Copenhagen. 

New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson, Australia’s Jordan Mercer, Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo, and Australia’s Lachie Lansdown emerge victorious in epic 18 km Distance Races. 

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An epic set of 18km SUP and Paddleboard Distances Races led to inspiring performances and photo finishes on the first day of competition at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
 
New Zealand powerhouse Annabel Anderson dominated the Women’s SUP Distance Race while Australian veteran Jordan Mercer overcame personal adversity to win the Women’s Paddleboard Race in race that went down to the wire. 
 
On the men’s side, Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo, put on a stunning display of SUP racing to become a first-time ISA World Champion on the Men’s Distance Race, while Australia’s Lachie Lansdown overcame last year’s winner, Sam Shepard to win his second ISA World Title.

 Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo, put on a stunning display of SUP racing to become a first-time ISA World Champion on the Men’s Distance Race. 

Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo, put on a stunning display of SUP racing to become a first-time ISA World Champion on the Men’s Distance Race. 

The Women’s SUP Distance Race was first to take off in the morning. After 30 minutes into the race Anderson established a lead that would only grow as the race went on. Anderson earned the Gold Medal with a commanding lead ahead of the respective Silver and Bronze Medalists, Sonni Honscheid (GER) and Olivia Piana (FRA). USA’s Fiona Wylde rounded out the podium in the Copper Medal position.
 
“I started out the day with no equipment and only my paddles managed to arrive here in Denmark,” said Annabel Anderson. “I was riding a board I've never ridden before and I couldn’t train on the course with my equipment. I just tried to get a feel for the course on the first lap and waited for my chance to attack. I had to ride on borrowed equipment, so it was a great result for me today.”
 
The Women’s Paddleboard Distance Race took off next and was fiercely contested from start to finish. The 8-time ISA Gold Medalist Jordan Mercer from Australia jumped out into the lead pack of paddlers, strategically drafting behind to conserve energy. The favorite Mercer was never able to break from the pack, and even trailed for moments on the final lap behind the local Danish paddler Katrine Zinck. After 18 grueling kilometers around the Copenhagen Harbor, the race came down to a sprint on the final stretch. Mercer was able to find an extra reserve of energy and pull ahead by less than a board length to take the win. New Zealand’s Jessica Miller and Denmark’s Katrine Zinck joined Mercer in the all-out sprint and finished respectively with the Silver and Bronze Medals, with Zinck notably earning the first ISA Medal ever for a Danish woman.

 From left New Zealand’s Jessica Miller, Jordan Mercer from Australia and Denmark’s Katrine Zinck.

From left New Zealand’s Jessica Miller, Jordan Mercer from Australia and Denmark’s Katrine Zinck.

Mercer let her emotions out and expressed her pride after winning her ninth individual ISA Gold Medal.
 
“Just last night my board arrived at the airport and we discovered that there was a huge crease in it. My teammates along with friends from other competing nations stayed up late last night fixing. The first time I saw my board was this morning before the race and I just had faith that things would go my way.
 
“To paddle for 20km and come down to a sprint finish is the toughest way to have a race go so I knew I had to be really technical and be smart, but you really want to try to push as many girls back as you can.
 
“I just had to win, not just for me but for my family. They are going through a tough time and deserve this happiness and joy in their lives right now.”
 
The Men’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races followed the women in the afternoon, with the SUP men getting off to a quick start out of the gates. The Hungarian brother duo, Bruno and Daniel Hasulyo, set the pace along with SUP superstar Connor Baxter from Hawaii. On the third of four laps Baxter made a move to pull away from the group, but the lead was short lived as Bruno Hasulyo was able to close the gap. Baxter and Hasulyo exchanged leads until the final buoy turn where Baxter fumbled his footing, allowing Hasulyo to build a solid 10-meter lead. Hasulyo powered through the finish line, earning Hungary’s first Gold Medal in their country’s first appearance in the event. Bruno Hasulyo’s brother, Daniel, came across the finish line behind Baxter with the Bronze Medal, historically placing another Hungarian on the podium. Baxter’s teammate, Mo Freitas took the Copper Medal, adding another medal for Team Hawaii in their pursuit of the overall Team Gold.
 
Bruno Hasulyo exploded with joy after earning a medal alongside his brother.
 
“I've been training so hard for this every day for the last two years this was the main goal in front of me, so I am speechless. I couldn't be happier!
 
“Two weeks ago I said that winning a medal in this World Championship along with my brother would be a dream come true, and we’ve achieved that. This is huge for us and our country of Hungary.”
 
Finishing off the day of competition was the Men’s Paddleboard Distance Race, keeping the energy level high with another photo finish. The 2016 Gold Medalist, Sam Shergold (NZL) and the 2015 Gold Medalist, Lachie Lansdown (AUS), asserted themselves as the leaders from the beginning and went neck and neck to the end. Lansdown and Shergold sprinted through the finish, with Lansdown edging out the win by less than half a board length.
 
“Team Australia is super close and we did this as a team,” said Lansdown. It’s amazing to have their support and hear them cheer me as I passed by. Sam Shergold took the title away from me last year, so it feels great to get it back off him.”
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre chimed in on the historic day of competition.
 
“Today was a day of firsts at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. In the first day of the first ISA event ever held in Denmark and the first ISA SUP Worlds in Europe, we saw our first Danish woman win a medal and also our first land-locked nation taking a SUP Gold medal. The ISA has been the only international federation truly developing SUP. Seeing two medals from Hungary in their first year in the ISA Worlds speaks clearly ilLustrates our commitment to the development of SUP racing and surfing all around the world, even in countries without access to an ocean.

“Sunday promises to be a heart stopping day, including local hero and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, going for Gold in the SUP Sprint Races.”

The competition schedule for Saturday is as follows:
 
The full schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
 
Copenhagen
September 3 – SUP Sprint Races, 10:00am CEST
September 3 – Award Ceremony after competition
 
Vorupør
September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race (schedule to be determined according to conditions)
September 10 – Closing Ceremony
 
To view the full event schedule, click here.

Record-setting ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship Officially Opened in Copenhagen, Denmark  

42 nations celebrate the power of SUP and Paddleboard; prepare for the opening of competition on Saturday.

 Record-setting ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship Officially Opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.   Photo:  ISA, Ben Reed

Record-setting ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship Officially Opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Photo: ISA, Ben Reed

Against the stunning backdrop of the world-famous Copenhagen Harbor and Opera House, the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was officially inaugurated in spectacular fashion on Friday afternoon in the Danish Capital.

Record-setting ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship Officially Opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
 
“Three years ago, we had a crazy dream to bring this ISA World Championship to Denmark”, said ISA Vice President and three-time ISA Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath of Denmark. “There is no way I thought that it would actually be possible, but thanks to the hard work and passion of so many people and volunteers, we are all here today. This is a dream come true for me and the whole Danish nation. Let’s have a great week! I look forward to seeing you on the water in Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii.”
 
The Opening Ceremony kicked off with the Parade of Nations. All 42 National Teams made displays of national pride while marching through the historic, colorful streets of central Copenhagen amidst crowds of local supporters,. The delegations were greeted at the iconic Copenhagen Opera House by ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, Member of the Culture and Sport Council of the City of Copenhagen, Michael Gatten, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, and President of the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, Jakob Færch.
 
Next, each team participated in the Sands of the World Ceremony where two representatives of each nation poured sand from their home beaches into a clear container to symbolize the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through SUP.
 
“Our vision was to create an event with a lasting legacy,” said President of the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, Jacob Færch. “We already can see the effect of bringing the ISA SUP and Paddleboard World championship to Europe for the first time with thirteen new countries competing and a new record of 42 nations. This is a great achievement for us and the ISA.”
 
President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, continued.
 
“Ever since we accepted the ISA’s offer to host this World Championship at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we have been waiting for this moment.
 
“I would like to say thank you to the ISA for the opportunity to show that we can hold an elite SUP event in Denmark. We are looking forward to showing you the other side of Denmark’s beauty in Cold Hawaii next week.”
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, finished the ceremony with a powerful statement for all SUP and Paddleboard athletes around the world.
 
“Welcome to all the SUP and Paddleboard athletes from the participating delegations. Here today we are coming together in peace through sport in beautiful Copenhagen.
 
“This is the largest ever world SUP Championship in history, and additionally this is the first time in an ISA competition that there are equal spots for both men and women competitors.
 
“The ISA has been the natural home of SUP for many years and we have already secured the first SUP medals in a multisport event in the Olympic Movement, the 2019 Pan Am Games. SUP is a major priority for the ISA and all our federations and the growth of this event is a testament to our love and passion for the sport.
 
“We are looking forward to an exciting future with the goal of including SUP in the Paris 2024 Games, but this is not an individual effort. This is a team effort that will require the continued support and development from all of you here today. Together, we can achieve this dream of ours.”
 
On Saturday morning, September 2, the SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races will kick off the competition in Denmark. SUP Sprints will continue on Sunday before the event heads to northwest Denmark known as Cold Hawaii for the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Relay Race in Vorupør September 5-10.
 
The competition schedule for Saturday is as follows:
 
Women’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race 9:00 CEST
Men’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race 13:00 CEST
 
The full schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
 
Copenhagen
September 2 – SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race, 9:00am CEST
September 3 – SUP Sprint Races, 9:00am CEST
September 3 – Award Ceremony after competition

Vorupør
September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race (schedule to be determined according to conditions)
September 10 – Closing Ceremony
 
To view the full event schedule, click here.
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on http://isaworlds.com/sup/2017/en

History Made in Denmark: Record-Breaking 286 Athletes from 42 Nations to Compete in ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship  

13 new nations join competition demonstrating explosive growth of SUP under ISA leadership

A record-breaking 280 SUP and Paddleboard athletes from 42 nations have arrived in Denmark to represent their nations and go for Gold in a historic edition of the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

 SUP and Paddleboard Racers warm up in Copenhagen Harbor for the Distance and Sprint Races to come on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

SUP and Paddleboard Racers warm up in Copenhagen Harbor for the Distance and Sprint Races to come on Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

As the sole World Championship for the sports of SUP, the participation for the 2017 edition in Denmark has reached unprecedented levels. Athlete participation has increased by more than 100% from the 2016 edition and fifteen more nations than the record of 27 will be vying for the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy awarded to the Team Gold Medalist.

 Team Australia has arrived in Denmark intent on continuing their dominance in the World Championship, having earned the Team Gold Medal in four of the event’s five editions. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team Australia has arrived in Denmark intent on continuing their dominance in the World Championship, having earned the Team Gold Medal in four of the event’s five editions.
Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Wales are the first-time competing nations that have confirmed their participation in Denmark, demonstrating the expanding reach and growth of all SUP disciplines across the world.
 
To see the full list of participating teams, click here.
 
“The world-wide growth and development that SUP has experienced under ISA leadership is amazing,” said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “Since the inaugural year of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, the athlete participation has nearly tripled and competing countries have doubled.
 
“As the fastest growing water sport in the world infused with youthful, high performance qualities, SUP would be a perfect fit on the Sports Program of the Olympic Games. The ISA has successfully included SUP in the 2019 Pan Am Games, the 2019 World Beach Games, and the 2017 Central Americans Games, and we intend to continue driving the development and growth of the sport until SUP arrives where it belongs on the world’s greatest sporting stage.
 
“The world-class competition that we will experience in Denmark this year will be another step in the journey towards achieving that ultimate goal.”
 
Notably, Team India, one of the inspiring stories that came out of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, their first ISA event in history, will return again to compete in 2017 and build on their great strides of growth. Sekar Patchai and Tanvi Jagadish will proudly fly the Indian flag and push the limits of the sport in their country.
 
“The 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was my first time at an international competition, and I didn’t know a whole lot about elite equipment, such as what paddle and board to use,” said Tanvi Jagadish. “I’ve learned so much since then and this year my goal is to finish in the top ten of my races.
 
“It means a lot for me to represent my country and our representation of India in Denmark will inspire more young people, particularly girls, to realize that they can get in the water and practice SUP as well.”
 
The Opening Ceremony will kick off the festivities on September 1 at 2pm CEST featuring the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony in Copenhagen. All 42 nations will parade through the city to the Opening Ceremony stage located in front of the iconic Copenhagen Opera House. The procession will continue with the Sands of the World Ceremony, where each team pours sand from their country into a container, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through SUP.
 
The full competition schedule will be as follows:
 
Copenhagen
September 2 – SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race, 9:00am CEST
September 3 – SUP Sprint Races, 9:00am CEST
September 3 – Award Ceremony after competition

Vorupør
September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race (schedule to be determined according to conditions)
September 10 – Closing Ceremony
 
To view the full event schedule, click here.  
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.

World’s Top SUP and Paddleboard Athletes Converge in Denmark for 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

2017 set to go down in history as the biggest edition of the event to date. 

The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, taking place in Denmark from September 1-10, is set to gather the world’s top SUP surfers, SUP racers, and paddleboarders for a historic edition of the event, the first to ever take place in Europe.
 
The 2017 edition of the World Championship is on pace to be the biggest in the event’s six-year history, as more than 250 athletes from up to 40 nations across all five continents will take to the water in search of Gold Medals. 
 
Numerous past ISA Gold Medalists have enlisted to compete in the World Championship, including Denmark’s Casper Steinfath (SUP Technical & Sprint Races), Hawaii’s Connor Baxter (SUP Technical, Distance, & Sprint Races), Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer (SUP Surfing), USA’s Candice Appleby (SUP Technical & Distance Races), and Australia’s Jordan Mercer (Paddleboard). Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all time with eight individual Gold Medals, will make a return to the event after missing the 2016 edition in Fiji due to injury.

 Connor Baxter, the top ranked SUP racer in the world (according to  supracer.com ), will be competing in all three SUP racing disciplines in Denmark. Photo: ISA / Brian Bielmann

Connor Baxter, the top ranked SUP racer in the world (according to supracer.com), will be competing in all three SUP racing disciplines in Denmark. Photo: ISA / Brian Bielmann

Mercer will form part of a formidable Australian squad looking to win their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s sixth edition and defend their World Champion Title earned in 2016. Returning Gold Medalists joining Mercer on Team Australia will be Michael Booth (SUP Distance Race), Shakira Westdorp (SUP Surfing), and Lachie Lansdown (Paddleboard).
 
Team France put on a strong showing in 2016 and made their first podium finish in the history of the event, earning the Silver Medal. The French will head to Denmark packing a punch again in 2017, led by a strong SUP racing contingent of Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin, and Olivia Piana who have their eye on dethroning Australia for France’s first team Gold Medal. 

 Olivia Piana’s Silver Medals in both the Technical and Distance SUP races in 2016 helped boost Team France to a Silver Medal podium position. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Olivia Piana’s Silver Medals in both the Technical and Distance SUP races in 2016 helped boost Team France to a Silver Medal podium position. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Causing great excitement and expectation among the Danish spectators will be the local standout SUP racer, Casper Steinfath. The ISA Vice President and four-time Gold Medalist (3x Technical Race, 1x Sprint Race) at just 23 years of age has asserted himself as one of the top SUP racers in the world and will attempt to earn medals for the host nation.
 
Additionally, New Zealand’s Penelope Armstrong, who courageously competed and won the Women’s Technical Race Gold Medal in 2016 after overcoming Ovarian Cancer, will return to defend her title in Denmark.
 
To see the full rosters of teams that have registered thus far, click here.
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“2017 is shaping up to be a historic edition of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the world’s top athletes will compete in record numbers in Denmark.
 
“The participation of the elite athletes of SUP racing, SUP surfing, and Paddleboard speaks to the international prestige that this event holds and the ISA’s commitment and leadership in developing the sport.
 
“The beautiful canals of Copenhagen and pristine beaches of Cold Hawaii will provide an amazing backdrop for this record-breaking event.”
 
The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will take place in two scenic locations across the Scandinavian nation. The event will kick off on September 1-3 with the Distance and Sprint Races in the picturesque canals of Copenhagen, then on September 4 it will head to the rugged northwest coast to Vorupør, known as Cold Hawaii, for the Technical Races, SUP Surfing, and Relay Races. The event will culminate with the Closing Ceremony in Vorupør on September 10.
 
2017 will be the sixth edition of the event after previous editions were held in Peru (2012, 2013), Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), and Fiji (2016).
 
To see the full event schedule, click here.
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.

10 Things You Need to Know about the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to take place from September 1-10 in Denmark, marking a historic gathering of the world's best SUP racers, SUP surfers, and Paddleboarders in an edition of the event that is set to break participation records. Find all the things you need to know about COPENCOLD HAWAII - here

 SUP racers take off from the start line at the Technical Race of the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji. In 2017, the Technical Races will take place on Denmark's northwest coast in Vorupør. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

SUP racers take off from the start line at the Technical Race of the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji. In 2017, the Technical Races will take place on Denmark's northwest coast in Vorupør. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Here are the ten things you need to know about the upcoming competition:
 
1. The Records
 
The 2017 edition of the event will greatly surpass the current records for country and athlete participation. Over 250 athletes from as many as 40 countries are expected to compete in Denmark, dwarfing the records of 126 athletes set at the 2016 edition in Fiji and 27 countries which was matched by the 2014 and 2015 editions in Nicaragua and Mexico, respectively.
 
2. The Locations
 
The event will take place at two locations across Denmark that contrast the different types of beauty that the country has to offer. The competition will kick off in the metropolitan, coastal port of Copenhagen, and then head to the quaint fishing village of Vorupør, located on Denmark's northwest coast, also known as Cold Hawaii.
 
The picturesque canals of Copenhagen will host the Distance and Sprint Races, while Vorupør will host the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race. To see the Copenhagen race courses, click here. To see the courses in Vorupør, click here
 
3. Watch the Event Live Online
 
The World Championship will be streamed live on the ISA website from September 1-10. Visit the official event website for results, photos, videos and news pertaining to the competition. Fans will also be able to watch the live webcast on the ISA's Facebook page.
 
4. ISA's Global Leadership of SUP
 
The ISA has been the organizer of the sole World Championship for SUP and Paddleboard since 2012. The event was first held in Peru (2012, 2013), with following editions held in Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), and Fiji (2016).
 
Through development programs, scholarships for young SUP athletes, and promoting Championships at the national level, SUP has experienced explosive growth under the ISA's guidance, which can be observed in the participation levels seen in the World Championship that have nearly quadrupled since its inception.
 
The ISA presented both Surfing and SUP to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Program. Tokyo 2020 only elected Surfing to be included in the Games and not SUP, however achievements such as inclusion in the 2019 Pan American Games, 2019 World Beach Games, and 2017 Central American Games have added momentum to the ISA's push for inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.
 
5. Gender Equality
 
The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will feature gender equality across all divisions, reflective of the rapid growth of women's SUP racing and surfing.
 
Each team will be able to field up to 18 athletes in the following divisions:
 
SUP Surfing: Men (2), Women (2)
SUP Distance Race: Men (2), Women (2)
Paddleboard Distance Race: Men (1), Women (1)
SUP Sprint Race: Men (1), Women (1)
SUP Technical Race: Men (2), Women (2)
Paddleboard Technical Race: Men (1), Women (1)
 
6. The Hometown Hero
 
ISA Vice President and 3x Technical Race Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath, will represent Team Denmark in the Men's SUP Technical and Sprint Races, looking to earn a Gold Medal for the local crowd.
 
Steinfath grew up in the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, just a few kilometers from the event venue of Vorupør, and will be able to apply his local knowledge of the North Sea to give himself a leg up on the competition.
 
7.  Social Media

The ISA will be posting live updates, photos, and videos from the competition on social media. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and don't forget use the official hashtags #ISAworlds and #Denmark. Follow the event on: 

International Surfing Association Facebook page (@ISAsurfing), Instagram (@ISAsurfing), Twitter (@ISAsurfing), Youtube (ISAsurfing) and Snapchat: ISA_Surfing. 
 
8. The SUP Crossing
 
Put on in conjunction by the ISA's National Federation in Denmark, the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, and Copencold Hawaii, the SUP Crossing is a festivity to celebrate and promote the participation of SUP in Copenhagen. The festivity's events include a film festival, music, and the main event, four different SUP courses with varying difficulty for all levels of SUP racers.  
 
The event will take place on Friday, September 1 in Copenhagen Harbor starting at 8am, before the official Opening Ceremony of the World Championship to take place later in the afternoon.
 
For more information on the SUP Crossing, click here.
 
9. The Schedule and Disciplines

Copenhagen

September 1 - Official Press Briefing, in front of the Copenhagen Opera House
September 1 - Opening Ceremony 15:00
September 2 - SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races, 9:00-16:30
September 3 - SUP Sprint Races 9:00-12:30
September 3 - Award Ceremony 13:00-14:00

Vorupør, Cold Hawaii

September 4 - Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 - SUP Surfing, SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races, and Team Relay Race
Schedule to be determined according to conditions.
September 10 - Closing Ceremony after the end of competition

10. The Mission

Recognized by the IOC as the world governing body for Surfing and SUP, the ISA's mission is to create a better world through development of these sports. This is accomplished through annual World Championships for surfers representing their countries, membership development, educational programs, scholarship distribution, preparing for Surfing's participation in the Olympic Games, and promotion of the inclusion of SUP in future editions of the Games.

ISA delighted with preparation and progress for 2017 ISA SUP World Championship in Denmark

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has hailed the unique Surfing and StandUp Paddle locations Denmark has to offer following site visits to both Copenhagen and Vorupør, co-hosts of the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship. The ISA welcomed the preparation and progress of the Championship whilst attending the 2017 SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark.

 Copenhagen Harbour, during the Danish Standup Paddle Championship 2014. Credit: Jill Christina Hansen

Copenhagen Harbour, during the Danish Standup Paddle Championship 2014.
Credit: Jill Christina Hansen

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has become one of the International Federation’s fastest growing competitions, with Denmark expected to see record participation in terms of number of countries and athletes participating. This year’s event, which will be hosted across the two cities and take place for the first time in Europe, will showcase the discipline’s top athletes competing in stunning and iconic Danish locations.

The event will kick off with SUP and Paddleboard Distance and Sprint Racing events held on the historic canals of the Danish capital Copenhagen, right in front of iconic venues including the Opera House and Royal Theater. The championship will then move to Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, celebrated for its excellent wave conditions and unique surf & SUP culture.  Cold Hawaii will be the site of the SUP Surfing and SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races straight off Vorupør’s popular and picturesque beaches.

Denmark has 7,500km of stunning coastline which can be reached in a two-hour drive from anywhere in the country. Cold Hawaii’s excellent conditions and the accessibility of the coast have given the sport significant momentum in recent years and SUP has become a popular discipline for many across the country.

As the sole federation responsible for the development of StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard, the ISA has been the leader and driver of the sport’s growth. By bringing one of its flagship events to Denmark, the ISA continues to expand the reach and development of SUP and surfing.  With Surfing having been added to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020, the ISA hopes to use its new status to elevate SUP even further, promoting grass roots development and spreading the sport into new markets.

Ahead of the Championships, which will run from 1-10 September 2017, the ISA delegation at SportAccord includes ISA President Fernando Aguerre and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as well as Danish 3x World SUP Racing Champion and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, who will help promote both SUP and Surfing. Steinfath will join Aguerre in taking to Danish waters to showcase the high performance thrill of both SUP Racing and Surfing.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“The global development of SUP is a huge priority for the ISA.  This is an excellent opportunity to continue to build up the 2017 SUP World Championship in a well known and popular Surfing location in northern Europe. We are very confident that both Vorupør and Copenhagen will provide the world’s best SUP Surfers and Racers the perfect stage to showcase their amazing skills.

“The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship continues to grow year on year and this is testament to the ISA’s efforts to nurture and develop this key discipline. We will continue to lead the global promotion of SUP as we aim for the inclusion of the discipline in future editions of the Olympic Games.” 

Triple SUP Racing World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, who is from the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, said:

“Cold Hawaii is a special place in the heart of Denmark for Surfing and StandUp Paddle. This region has cultivated some the country’s top athletes and I cannot wait to welcome the World Championships to our shores. Visiting SportAccord today in my home nation and being able to demonstrate the sport that I love and what Denmark has to offer, is a wonderful moment for me.

“Over recent years, SUP has greatly advanced in professionalism and popularity and much of that success is a result of the work conducted by the ISA. Following Surfing’s Olympic inclusion, the ISA has been able to offer so much to SUP, organizing the World Championships, helping to fund development schemes and instructor courses, and bringing a voice to our discipline that can be heard by more people globally.”

Vorupør to Co-host COPENCOLD HAWAII

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed today that Vorupør and Copenhagen will co-host the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in Denmark on 1-10 September 2017 in an innovative format that will see the SUP Surfing and Technical Race events in Vorupør and the Distance Racing events right in the heart of Copenhagen.  

 Located on Denmark’s Northwest coast, Vorupør will host the world’s best SUP surfers at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Located on Denmark’s Northwest coast, Vorupør will host the world’s best SUP surfers at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, was confirmed as the SUP Surfing and Technical Race location thanks to its excellent wave conditions, its transport infrastructure and its accommodation capacity. The SUP Racing events will be held on the iconic canals of the Danish Capital right in front the Copenhagen Opera House. 

The confirmation of the locations and dates follows the ISA announcement during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games of Denmark as the first European host of the ISA SUP Worlds event. 

Denmark has 7500km of stunning coastline which can be reached in a two hour drive from anywhere in the country. Cold Hawaii’s excellent conditions and the accessibility of the coast have given the sport significant momentum in recent years and SUP has become a popular discipline for many across the country. 

SUP is a core discipline of the ISA and recreationally it is one of the world’s fastest growing watersports. SUP was part of the ISA’s submission for Olympic inclusion at Tokyo 2020 and ensuring the popular discipline becomes part of the Olympic Programme in future remains a key part of the ISA’s strategy.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said

”The global development and promotion of SUP is a big priority for the ISA and we are excited to continue to build this event and discipline with the help of our Danish partners. Vorupør and Copenhagen are fantatic locations for 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship and we are confident that the excellent conditions will provide the world’s best SUP Surfers and Racers the perfect stage to showcase their amazing skills. 

”The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship continues to grow year on year and this is testament to the ISA’s efforts to nurture and develop this important discipline. We are thrilled to be heading to Denmark and Europe for the first time after hosting such a fantastic 2016 edition in Fiji in November this year. We will continue to lead the global promotion of SUP as we aim for the inclusion of the discipline in future editions of the Olympic Games.”

Triple SUP World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, who is from the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, said: 

“Vorupør is a very special place on the Cold Hawaii coastline that will provide thrilling SUP Surfing and Technical Racing action on the waves and a very warm welcome from the locals. And of course, Copenhagen will provide epic conditions for the SUP Distance Racers. SUP Surfing and Racing continue to grow in Denmark and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host an ISA World Championship which will bring renewed attention to our sport. I’m sure this will be a super fun event.  I can’t wait to represent my country and to welcome the best SUP athetes in the world to my home.”

Denmark to host 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced that the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held in Denmark in September 2017, with the specific dates to be confirmed in the near future. 

 Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, and Casper Steinfath (middle), ISA and Cold Hawaii, in the Danish National House in Rio, after signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, and Casper Steinfath (middle), ISA and Cold Hawaii, in the Danish National House in Rio, after signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

The ISA event will be organised by Friends of Cold Hawaii, an association that hosts annual ocean sport championships in Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Surf and Rafting Federation (DSRF), Sportevent Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and Copenhagen Watersports – the largest rafting and StandUp Paddle club in Denmark.

 Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, in the Danish National House in Rio, signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, in the Danish National House in Rio, signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

Today’s announcement was made at Danish National House, a hospitality venue at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, located on Ipanema Beach. The signing of the hosting agreement was completed by ISA Executive Director, Robert Fasulo and President of the Local Organising Committee Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal.
 
The ISA World Championship will be a dual location event, with the SUP and Paddleboard Racing taking place in Copenhagen, the country’s capital, and the SUP Surfing in Cold Hawaii – a prime Surfing location on Denmark’s Northwest coast.
 
The announcement of the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship comes on the back of the confirmation of the 2016 edition, which will be held in the world-renowned waves of Cloudbreak, Fiji from 12-20 November 2016.
 
Joining the ISA World Championship Series in 2012 in Peru, the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has become the fastest growing event in the series. At the 2015 edition, participation more than doubled since the event’s inception in 2012 with 27 Nations and 260 athletes converging on the shores of Sayulita, Mexico for an incredible week of competition that resulted in Team USA earning their first-ever Gold Medal.

 Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, speaking in the Danish National House in Rio before the signing of the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement. To the right: Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, speaking in the Danish National House in Rio before the signing of the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement. To the right: Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“We are delighted to bring our 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship to Denmark, and for the first time to Europe. We are excited to partner with our friends from Denmark whose commitment and enthusiasm for SUP is a testimony to the global growth and development of this key ISA discipline.  With our 2016 Championship in Fiji this November followed by Denmark next year, SUP and Paddleboard are becoming more and more universal.
 
“As the world governing authority for SUP and Paddleboard, we are working every day to foster the worldwide development and growth of these disciplines.  Following the inclusion of SUP Racing and SUP Surfing in the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, bringing this competition to Denmark and Europe will provide another outstanding platform to showcase the elite athletes competing in a world-class event, raising the global profile of the sport.
 
“We can expect the world’s best SUP surfers, SUP racers and Paddleboarders to grace the waterways of Copenhagen and shores of Northern Denmark and experience the amazing coastline and warm hospitality of the country. I would also like to express my thanks and gratitude to Friends of Cold Hawaii and the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, for their support.” 
 
Finn Jorsal, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, said:
 
“We are honoured and proud to announce that Denmark will be the first European country to host the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship. Our ambition to grow and develop SUP and Paddleboard is aligned to the vision of the International Surfing Association and we are delighted to be working in partnership to promote the sport.”
 
“We are thrilled to make this announcement here in Rio where Surfing has just been confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole sport and we are determined to support the ISA as we continue the development of SUP and Paddleboard with the hope that these disciplines will also one day become a part of the Olympic Games.” 

Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said: 

“Denmark will become the first European country to host the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship. Denmark is well known for our innovative and creative staging of international sporting events and we intend to showcase the event and SUP as a sport to especially the Europeans.  It is therefore a great pleasure to witness the  signing of the hosting contract with ISA during the Olympics here in Rio,”

 From left Christina Fontoura, Poul Erik Bligaard, trade commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Laudemar Aguiar, Rio's head of international relations, Finn Jorsal, president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA, toasting at the Danish National House in Rio.

From left Christina Fontoura, Poul Erik Bligaard, trade commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Laudemar Aguiar, Rio's head of international relations, Finn Jorsal, president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA, toasting at the Danish National House in Rio.